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The World Championship Cheese Contest holds "best in show" tonight

Cheddar cheese cubes at the Public tasting event of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2010. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California. The background features the Golden Gate Bridge By Guillaume Paumier (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Cheddar cheese cubes at the Public tasting event of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2010. Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California. The background features the Golden Gate Bridge By Guillaume Paumier (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The World Championship Cheese Contest is wrapping up Wednesday in Madison.

Fifty judges began sampling over 2,600 entries Tuesday -- two-and-a-half times more entries than just 14 years ago.

Twenty-two nations are represented in this year's contest. Producers from Greece and Romania entered for the first time.

Awards are presented in 82 categories. The top 16 overall finalists will square off Wednesday night for the "best of show" award.

In the last contest two years ago, a low fat Gouda from the Netherlands was the grand champion. But Wisconsin producers also did pretty well, winning 30 of the 82 categories with four entries among the Top 16.

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association has hosted the world contest since 1957.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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